Among Mad People
Techie by day, hip hop dancer by night. Dancing has always been a passion of mine since I was 15 years old.
Finding a rehearsal space is difficult, so I created a platform for artists to list their studio space for rent. Artists from a wide spectrum of creative disciplines (i.e. dancers, painters, photographers, sound engineers) can find art studios for rent to facilitate their creative process. Concourse was featured on Product Hunt and in Adobe Typekit’s first commercial introducing Typekit Marketplace. I bartered my way to develop this site (See TodayTomorrow). In doing so, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge on how to build an MVP product without funding and without being backed by a PR firm. It’s been a hell of a ride so far and an amazing opportunity for me to grow as a designer, leader in my field, and an entrepreneur.
This is a on-going project and I am writing about my process and the what I discovered along the way.
Creative technologist, Matt Kenefick, from Polymer Mallard is changing the way we meet up with our friends. Spend less time planning and more time hanging out. Unlike a planning app, TodayTomorrow only allows you to post events for today and tomorrow. You can casually find out what your friends are up and spontaneously latch on to plans as you like. TodayTomorrow was a special project for me because it was the catalyst to launching Concourse.co, a platform for artists. Matt wanted to create an app and I wanted to build a site. We decided to barter services to get these projects up and running. We were able to launch both projects within a couple months. Win, Win.
Airbnb is known for creating a trusted online community marketplace for travelers to discover and book unique accommodations around the world. Airbnb is dedicated to building the best host and guest user interaction model. Airbnb hired us to sift through the guest onboarding flow and explore designs that would improve the host’s experience. A host’s experience would greatly improve if we prompt guests to divulge more information about themselves. We explored several different interaction models in the sign in, sign up, and request to book flows. These designs were then sent over for A/B testing.Read About Guest On-boarding Process →
My RoleDesign Direction, UX/UI Design, Illustration
Cary Gibaldi Creative Director
Kerry Gould, Project Manager
Punchcut’s creatives had developed concept designs for Ebay’s Digital Comic ecommerce website. With Punchcut’s designs, I created adaptive and responsive design templates. This product was designed to consider the desktop, ipad, iphone 5, and iphone 4. With each mobile and tablet design, I considered landscape and portrait use cases. Punchcut and I also worked together on creating technical specifications for each design template, along with documented strategies on how to easily create new content for the website without compromising the integrity of product across platforms.How to get Pixel Perfect Designs →
My RoleDesign, Production
Urbandaddy is a lifestyle media company that curates online editorial content, hosts events, and creates interactive experiences. Drinklist is a cocktail enthusiast’s guide to finding THE perfect cocktail tailored to your standards. Discover the DNA of a cocktail, what drinks are trending in your city, and where to find your go-to Negroni on a Tuesday night. We’re serving up hyper-relevant content that help you create the perfect night out in the city.
My RoleDesign Director/ UX/UI Designer
This project was inspired by The Flavor Bible, a wonderful culinary book written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. The Flavor Bible reveals the science behind ingredients, their flavors, and how ingredients are paired. As it turns out, there are only a finite amount of ingredients that can fit within a 400 page book. Arbitrary approached me to concept The Flavor Bible’s digital counterpart which could house an infinite amount of ingredients, their flavor profiles, flavor affinities, findings, and anecdotes from professional chefs. My designs facilitate the user’s primary goal, to research ingredients and related content. It also focuses on alternative exploratory components that exposes users to new content and content related to their location, time, season, and what’s currently happening in the culinary industry.
My RoleCreative Direction, Product Design, Illustration
CreditsJamie Kosoy, Concept
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) approached Big Spaceship to create an an interactive kiosk experience for the Tim Burton exhibition in New York. It would showcase a wide spectrum of Tim Burton’s artwork throughout the year, plus never before seen interviews with Burton. Techniques used in the making of this site were inspired by Tim Burton’s earlier stop motion films (read about our inspiration here). We constructed physical 3-D model staircases with foam board and filmed stop-motion transitions that would be used to reveal biographical content about Burton’s work. (See how we did it here.)The navigational elements for the site were all hand drawn and animated frame by frame. The sum of these techniques assisted us in capturing Tim Burtons’ dark and whimsical aesthetic. I was so proud to be part of this project. I mean, BURTON! Unfortunately, this project was made when flash was cool, so this site isn’t easily accessible.
My RoleUX/UI Design, Animation, Craft
Awards2011 Design Week – Finalist
2011 Design Week – Finalist
2010 Design Week – Shortlisted
2010 Applied Arts Awards – Winner
2010 Promax BDA – Bronze
2010 How Magazine Interactive Design Awards – Merit Award
2009 Adobe Customer Showcase – Winner
I grew up with Skittles and have always loved their twisted sense of humor, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to work with a household name like Wrigley. I dedicated 1 1/2 years of blood, sweat, and crystalized sugar tears into creating a destination funhouse for Skittles fans. Our team was even responsible for also creating the voice of the Rainbow. Skittles.com is a never ending site of nonsense and fun. Since Skittles is known for their innovative flavors, we strategically designed this site so we could easily re-skin it each time a new flavor pack is launched. When the new Fizzl’d Fruits skittles pack came out, we fizzled the rainbow and created a world of bizarro content based on Tube Sock (the Fizzl’d Fruit mascot). The best part…we convinced Skittles to ship the Tube Sock costume to us so we could build custom content for the site from scratch. (Kinda feel bad for the intern that had to climb into that sock though. Pee-yew!)
My RoleUX/UI Design, Production
Awards2011 W3 Awards, Websites: Food & Beverages – Silver
2011 W3 Awards – Gold
2011 Golden Award of Montreux – Gold
2011 IAB MIXX Awards – Silver
2011 New York Festivals Innovative Advertising Awards – Finalist
2010 FWA – Site of the Day
Microsoft challenged Big Spaceship to explore the new features and functionality of the latest beta release of IE9. “Always Beautiful” is an interactive experience drawing inspiration from trends and memes over the history of the web. IE9’s unique use of the user’s graphics processor allowed for hundreds of assets on the screen at once with no drop in performance. And with native browser support of HTML5 standards and SVG, the creation could be be generated based on real-time user input and output at any size. Users can create and print their own posters at home.